Parent Resources

Theme Park & Water Park Tips

We understand that any family vacation can be unpredictable when it comes to traveling with kids, but we're here to help you best prepare for your trip to our parks. Learn about some of the family-friendly conveniences and services we offer at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, including stroller rentals, nursing rooms, photo memberships and more.
Kids 3-5 get free admission in spring & summer with a Preschool Pass

Kids can play for free

With a 2-Park Preschool Pass, kids (ages 3-5) can enjoy FREE admission to our theme park and water park all spring and summer. Registration for the 2024 Preschool Pass is now open. Must register online & visit the park by May 31, 2024 to activate.

Find out what rides your kids can enjoy at the park

Check Your Child's Height

Learn what rides and slides your kids can enjoy by visiting one of our Height Check Stations at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, near the entrance of the park.

Parents can still enjoy their favorite rides with Child Swap

Is your child too small to ride?

Take turns riding your favorite rides with Child Swap. One parent can wait with the child who is not riding while the family rides. After they exit, the remaining parent can board the next available seat.

Photo opportunities and PhotoKey

Photos with Sesame Street Friends

Make Memories and snap a picture with smiling faces and furry friends at 1-2-3 Smile with Me! in Sesame Street® Forest of Fun. Other photo opportunities are also available around the park.

We offer kid-friendly menus in the park

Kid-Friendly Menu Options

Each restaurant and dining location offers something for your little ones. All kids' meals come with an entrée and a kid-sized drink.

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Read tips for traveling with kids, written by parents for parents

Tips by Parents for Parents

Get useful tips and suggestions from our Parent Panel (real-life, honest-to-goodness parents just like you) to help keep your visit stress-free and your family happy.

Allergen information and FAQs

Allergen Information

If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, please review our allergen information. For special dietary concerns, ask a Food Service Team Member to speak with a supervisor.

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Accessibility information and services

Additional Guest Information

Please review our Accessibility Guides for each park for ride information and services available for guests with disabilities.

  Ride Accessibility Program
  Attraction Access & Rider Requirements
  Guests with Casts, Prosthetic Devices & Amputations
  Assistive Listening Devices & Show Scripts
  Package Pick-Up
  And more

More Information for Parents & Families

Whether you're planning a vacation or at the park, take a look at our frequently asked questions specifically geared toward families traveling with children.

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Dates, times, pricing and offerings are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. See park hours for dates and times, events for available offerings and More Details on products for additional information. You may also contact us online or visit the Welcome Center inside the park.

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